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Fernando Abegao

  • PhD Cantab, MRSC, AMIChemE
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Newcastle University
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Research interests

Multivariate Calibration Techniques.Multiphase ReactorsMagnetic Resonance Imaging and SpectroscopyBiorefiningBiofuelsChemical Reaction EngineeringCatalysis Scale-UpCatalysis ManufacturingCatalysis SynthesisHeterogeneous Catalysis

About

I am a member of the Process Intensification Group at the School of Engineering, Newcastle University, and my research focus is on catalysis and reaction engineering. My main interest is in gaining a fundamental understanding of the synthesis processes for catalytic materials and translate that into optimal catalyst activity and more efficient catalyst manufacturing processes. As application and case study areas, I work on: 1) Chemical and thermochemical upgrade of biomass into biorenewable chemicals and fuels; 2) Carbon dioxide conversion into materials and fuels; 3) Intensified synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts; 4) Photocatalysis. Previously, I did build up an extensive background in industrial catalysis. I have worked at Johnson Matthey as a Process Development Engineer. During that time I have investigated catalyst manufacturing processes and I helped to develop a new generation of manufacturing methods. I also worked as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist, mainly developing and designing Platinum Group Metal catalysts for several chemical, petrochemical and biorenewable applications. During my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I developed Magnetic Resonance techniques for non-invasive tomography imaging and spectroscopic measurements of chemical composition and temperature in catalytic reactors. These techniques were then employed in operando studies to investigate interactions between hydrodynamics, heat and mass transport, and chemical reactions at industrially relevant hydrodynamic conditions of operation. Hot-stops formation was investigated and, for the first time, liquid-solid mass transfer coefficients were measured by direct quantification of the intra- and inter-particle liquid composition. I am also a member of the Pedagogical Research in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials group, with a special interest in assessment, feedback and technology enhanced learning. Research and Consultancy Topics: Biorefining Biofuels Biorenewable Chemicals Catalysis Green Chemistry Materials Characterisation Measurement Methods Process Intensification Process Scale-Up Reaction Engineering Solids Handling and Processing Sustainability Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts

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Publications (5)

  • Operando determination of the liquid-solid mass transfer coefficient during 1-octene hydrogenation

    • Zheng Q
    • Russo-Abegao F
    • Sederman A
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  • Process Intensification of Biodiesel Production from Microalgae

    • Abegão F
    • Danlami M
    • Lee J
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  • Development of Heterogeneous Catalysts for Valorisation of CO2 and Crude Glycerol

    • Eze V
    • Abegao F
    • Carroll M
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  • Heterogeneous Catalytic Processes for Valorisation of Crude Glycerol from Biodiesel Productions

    • Eze V
    • Abegão F
    • Harvey A
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  • Chemical Composition Measurements in Trickle Bed Reactors Using 13C-DEPT NMR and Partial Least Squares Regression

    • Abegão F
    • Sederman A
    • Holland D
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Professional experience

Teaching Fellow

Newcastle University - University of Newcastle

September 2015 - Present

Process Development Engineer

Johnson Matthey plc

December 2013 - September 2015(2 years)

Senior Scientist

Johnson Matthey PLC

August 2012 - November 2013(a year)

Research Scientist

Johnson Matthey PLC

August 2011 - July 2012(a year)

PhD Student

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

January 2007 - July 2011(5 years)

Education history

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

January 2007 - July 2011(5 years)

Licenciatura in Chemical Engineering (BA+MEng)

Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra

September 2000 - September 2006(6 years)